Virtual Conversation | Recapping the 2021 Session: Legislative Republicans, May 18, 2021 Register

Policy

Q&A: Rep. Mike Sells on labor legislation in 2021

Rep. Mike Sells (D – Everett) currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. As the 2021 legislative session was preceded by a period of...Read More

Bill aims to make it easier for teachers to live where they work. Here’s how it would be implemented

A public hearing was held Tuesday for a bill that would allow any school district to build teachers’ cottages or other housing units for school...Read More

Q&A: Sen. Christine Rolfes answers questions on the Senate Democrats’ 2021-2023 Operating Budget

As chair the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Christine Rolfes (D – Bainbridge Island) is the majority’s lead budget writer. Last week Senate Democrats...Read More

Report: Washington State’s safety net serves workers better than any other state

A recent Oxfam America report ranks Washington State as having the best safety net in the country for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In determining...Read More

Washington’s public K–12 schools will receive $1.853 billion from ARP Act (on top of $1.042 billion previously appropriated by Congress)

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes $122.7 billion for a third round of the elementary and secondary school emergency relief (ESSER) fund. These funds...Read More

Pellicciotti: “American Rescue Plan will provide roughly $7 billion to the State of Washington”

State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti said that the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden today will provide about $7 billion to...Read More

Capital gains: Where one vote makes a difference

It’s a cliché to think that one’s vote doesn’t make much of a difference in our politics. In many instances, that is true. Whether you...Read More

What conservationists want to see in upcoming budget proposals

As budget talks kick into gear at the Legislature, conservationists and environmental advocates more broadly are working to ensure that their priorities aren’t given short...Read More

Senate passes bill to create state Office of Cybersecurity

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed legislation today requested by Governor Jay Inslee that would create an Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) to establish security standards...Read More

Q&A: What DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter is seeing amid the pandemic

It is hard to match the level of institutional knowledge possessed by Ross Hunter, Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Before...Read More